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South Korea still has top OECD suicide rate

By Yoon Min-sikSouth Korea’s suicide rate remained highest among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, while its health status was among the lowest, a recent OECD data...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:36

Police nab 100 illegal marriage brokers

By Ock Hyun-ju More than 100 international marriage brokers have been caught illegally offering matchmaking services, the police said Sunday. Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked 111 brokers belong...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:31

S. Korea's suicide rate ranks first among OECD members

South Korea has the highest suicide rate among the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and its people were less confident about their health, a report showed Sunday.   An average of 29.1 people per 100,000 in South Korea took their own lives in 2012, far ...

Updated : 2015.08.30 10:20

Pay gap between regulars, tempos widens this year

The wage gap between regular and temporary workers in South Korea widened in 2015 from a year earlier due mainly to the country's economic slowdown, government data showed Sunday.  The inflation-adjusted monthly wage of non-regular workers hired by companies with a work force of five or ...

Updated : 2015.08.30 09:46

S. Korea opens first nuclear waste repository

South Korea dedicated part of its first nuclear waste repository in Gyeongju on Friday, which is expected to help the country better handle its spent radioactive materials.The first phase of the repository, which cost 1.54 trillion won ($1.31 billion), has six underground silos that can ho...

Updated : 2015.08.28 15:12

Phone fraud offenders found guilty of creating crime syndicate

A group of criminals involved in telephone-based financial scams was found guilty for the first time of organizing and committing crimes as a crime syndicate. The Daegu District Court handed down a six-year jail term to a 28-year-old Lee, who held a managerial position in the group, convic...

Updated : 2015.08.28 15:06

Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-KT&G VP

An arrest warrant has been sought for the former vice president of the nation's leading tobacco maker on Tuesday over allegations that he received kickbacks from the company's business partner, prosecutors said.The former vice president of KT&G Corp., identified by his surname Lee, is susp...

Updated : 2015.08.27 18:07

Foreigners join anti-crime campaign

Foreigners and naturalized Korean citizens in the country will work as volunteers to help immigrants settle down and deter them from committing crimes, prosecutors said Thursday.The Southern District Prosecutor's Office said in a press release they have established a committee on Tuesday c...

Updated : 2015.08.27 18:06

Prosecution indicts Egyptian refugee broker

Prosecutors on Thursday indicted an Egyptian broker who illegally helped other Egyptians enter South Korea as false refugees. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office indicted the 29-year-old suspect, whose identification was withheld, on charges of allegedly providing fake immigrat...

Updated : 2015.08.27 16:16

Labor market reform talks set to resume

South Korea’s largest trade union group decided to return to the long-stalled trilateral negotiations among labor, management and government Wednesday, giving a boost to the government’s push for la...

Updated : 2015.08.26 21:31

Police nab water park peeping tom

Police said Wednesday they had taken a 27-year-old woman into custody on suspicion of secretly filming a women’s locker room at local water resorts, including images of victims in the shower that wer...

Updated : 2015.08.26 18:15

S. Korean millennials more risk-averse than older adults: poll

South Koreans in their 20s and 30s are financially more conservative than older adults as they suffer economic hardships due to a tight job market, a poll showed Wednesday.The survey of 1,500 people across the nation showed that those in that age group prefer safe assets like bank deposits...

Updated : 2015.08.26 15:35

Childbirths in S. Korea rise for 4th month in June

The number of childbirths in South Korea rose for the fourth straight month in June, a government report showed Wednesday, a positive sign for the country struggling with an aging population.In June, some 35,500 babies were born here, up 3.8 percent from the same month last year, according...

Updated : 2015.08.26 13:58

Shipwreck found to date back to early Joseon

A shipwreck discovered in South Korea's southwestern waters last year was found to date back to the early Joseon Dynasty in what is believed to be the nation's first discovery of a Joseon-era ship, a research institute said Wednesday.After a four-month study into the Mado No. 4 ship, the N...

Updated : 2015.08.26 10:32

Policeman dies after colleague shoots him

A conscripted policeman died after being shot by a gun carried by his colleague. The gun was reportedly discharged on accident at a Gupabal checkpoint in northwestern Seoul, police said Tuesday.The policeman, who was identified only by his surname Park, was shot on the left side of his che...

Updated : 2015.08.25 18:32